"While the World's Ugliest Dog contest is a celebration of the imperfections that make our dogs lovable, a good many of them are rescues from shelters and puppy mills, so we use the fun and notoriety of this competition to raise awareness for dog adoption," Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and Event Center CEO Tawny Tesconi said in a news release. "Dogs are like family and deserve loving homes no matter their physical distraction."
The annual event offers a top prize of $1,500 for the owner of the canine crowned the World's Ugliest Dog, with a $200 for second place and $150 for third place. The contest also includes a Spirit Award for the dog and owner with the most inspiring story and a People's Choice Award to be voted on by the public.
Applications are now available at the contest's website.